Reptile & Amphibian Books
Since this book was first published a decade ago, turtle, tortoise and terrapin species have continued to suffer from human intervention. Sought for food, as pets and for tortoiseshell they are under attack on land and sea and populations are in decline around the world due to loss of habitat and food sources. At the same time, however, humans have been working hard to ensure the survival of turtles, tortoises and terrapins. Understanding these species is not only interesting but critical to their future. Turtles, tortoises and terrapins have been on Earth since the Triassic Period, approximately 200 million years ago. It has long been unclear from which group of reptiles turtles sprang. Although the earliest fossils are clearly turtles, their anatomy changed dramatically over time. In addition, turtle species vary greatly in such basic characteristics as anatomy and habitat preferences. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins surveys turtle anatomy, their habitat and life cycles throughout the ages, bringing the knowledge up to date with recent discoveries and research. Contents include: Why Turtles Matter; What Turtles Are; How Turtles Live; Will Turtles Survive? Turtles of the World; Turtle Watching; How to Help Conserve Turtles. The battle to save turtles goes on, and this book provides an important voice in turtle ecology. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins is the perfect resource for anyone interested in these amazing and diverse reptiles.
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In this brilliantly informative new title, compiled by expert Chris Mattison, readers will find instant, impartial advice about over 150 varieties of reptile and amphibian, including salamanders and newts, frogs and toads, tortoises and turtles, lizards, and snakes. Each entry includes a profile detailing the origin in temperament of the animal, plus question-and answer advice on how much time the owner will have to devote to it, what special equipment or housing set-up will be needed, what its care needs are, what it eats, how easily it will breed and an assessment of any possible drawbacks to round off the balance sheet.
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The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 340 colour pictures, most of them photographed in fascinating close-up detail in studio conditions, this invaluable 'buyer's guide' provides prospective new reptile keepers with easy-to-digest essential information on how to care for a wide range of exotic reptiles and amphibians. Every entry includes a price guide revealing what you can expect to pay for each animal, and the related set-up and running costs.
As a boy, Richard Kerridge loved to encounter wild creatures and catch them for his back-garden zoo. In a country without many large animals, newts caught his attention first of all, as the nearest he could get to the African wildlife he watched on television. There were Smooth Newts, mottled like the fighter planes in the comics he read, and the longed-for Great Crested Newt, with its huge golden eye. The gardens of Richard and his reptile-crazed friends filled up with old bath tubs containing lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, newts, Grass Snakes and, once, an Adder. Besides capturing them, he wanted to understand them. What might it be like to be cold blooded, to sleep through the winter, to shed your skin and taste wafting chemicals on your tongue? Richard has continued to ask these questions during a lifetime of fascinated study. Part natural-history guide to these animals, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature. Through close observation, it shows how even the suburbs can seem wild when we get close to these thrilling, weird and uncanny animals.
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Looking after a tortoise is not simply a matter of letting it lose in the garden and allowing it to do its own thing until winter arrives. Ideally it requires a knowledgeable owner to provide the best possible standard of care. This book guides you through all the stages of looking after a tortoise and covers both the well-known Mediterranean species as well as more exotic tropical tortoises. It provides essential information on all aspects of tortoise ownership, from buying your pet to everyday well-being, housing set-ups, hibernation advice, breeding and hatchling care. The perfect starter book, written by experts, up-to-date and accessible with over 130 colour photographs.
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Snake is the essential visual guide to the world of serpents, featuring more than 3,000 species. With a fresh new look, updated classifications, stunning photography and amazing artworks, Snake is the most up-to-date reference for all herpetologists. Packed with fascinating facts such as physical and behavioural characteristics, with information about snake evolution, habitats, reproductive behaviour, feeding, defence and much more on 60 snakes, from the Rainbow Boa to the Tropical Rattlesnake. Plus a complete directory lists all 3,000 known species of these fascinating reptiles, including venomous snakes such as cobras. Plus in each profile a 'Fact File' gives at-a-glance information for every snake. Snake is a beautiful and comprehensive guide to some of nature's most compelling animals.
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From the croc that terrorized Captain Hook in Peter Pan to the leviathans depicted in films like Lake Placid and Dinocroc, innumerable songs, stories and legends have characterized crocodilians as pitiless predators with insatiable appetites. Yet although we commonly associate crocodiles, alligators and gharials with ferocity and deceit, they have also often been respected and revered in human history. Crocodile tracks 23 crocodilian species from India and Egypt to North America, Africa, Australia and beyond, and compares what science has discovered about the lives of these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world. Crocodiles were all but wiped out in the middle of the twentieth century by hunters and skin traders and are now making a comeback; as apex predators, they are today an increasingly important indicator of the health of an ecosystem. Indeed, they may outlive humans, just as they did the dinosaurs. Presenting a concise, cogent case for why we should respect these fearsome animals, this beautifully illustrated volume is a tribute to one of the world's ultimate survivors.
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With flattened bodies, opposed feet, independently swivelling eyes, a prehensile tail, and the ability to change colour, chameleons are both fascinating and charismatic. Chameleons is the first popular guide to this extraordinary animal group. This stunningly illustrated book begins by exploring chameleon evolution and classification, describing how they fit into life's evolutionary tree and revealing their close relations. It discusses the variations in size, shape, colour and markings among the many different species and explains why chameleons look like they do. There are chapters on reproduction and development, food and feeding, and how chameleons defend themselves against predators. Chapter six examines the relationship between chameleons and humans, from their occurrence in mythology and superstition to worldwide conservation work and details of where to see chameleons in the wild. The final section provides an overview of the ten genera of chameleons, describing their distinguishing features, distribution and natural history. Drawing on their vast experience, the authors provide an illuminating insight into the lives of these unusual animals.
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From the metamorphosing fairytale Frog Prince and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, to dissections in science class, to television's Kermit, frogs are ever-present in our childhoods. Just what is it about this slimy creature that captures our imagination? While much attention has been paid to the scientific qualities of the frog, little has been said about the large role played by this slippery amphibian in art, literature and popular culture. Charlotte Sleigh's witty, readable Frog provides an entertaining and sometimes shocking account of this much-loved, and much-misunderstood animal. Sleigh provides answers to many questions, including why frogs have been so prominent in science throughout the years and just what place the frog holds in religion. The many faces of the frog are also explored, such as the devilish and comic; the sophisticated and chauvinist; the revolting and delicious. The author weaves the natural history of the frog together with their mythology in a way that has not been done before. Featuring many fine images of frogs from nature and culture, Frog will appeal to a wide audience - from those who keep these remarkable amphibians in their homes, to those who recall stories from their childhood with affection, to those who regard them as a tasty dinner. Readers will also be pleased to know that all copies of Frog are guaranteed 100% wart-free.
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This is an exciting insight into the weird and wonderful world of snakes and how they live, with 190 pictures. It offers in-depth coverage of all aspects of how snakes live and behave - from teeth and venom to hunting and feeding. It has focus features that zoom in on particular aspects of the species, such as how a snake sheds its skin, constricts its prey, swallows its food, or hatches out from an egg. Myth boxes explore popular stories and legends about snakes from around the world. Did You Know? Spotlights provide quirky facts that will both amaze and amuse. Stunning images from renowned wildlife photographers complement intricate illustrations. This is a book that will delight and inform 8- to 12-year-olds, ideal for home or school use. Snakes are often hated, sometimes loved, but rarely understood. This sssssssuper book investigates these shy but remarkable reptiles, exploring their anatomy, instincts and survival skills. You can discover the secrets of the deadly poisoners and stranglers. You can find out why some species lay eggs while others give birth to live young. Detailed cross-section diagrams reveal the complex inner workings of a snake's body. With wonderful wildlife photographs and lively and informative text by an award-winning natural history writer, this is the perfect fun learning book.
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A sneak peek into the remarkable world of the tailless amphibians. Some frogs blend into the green of their ponds, and live an unremarkable existence. But some are strange looking, having adapted to a special environment. This colourful and informative book reveals a rare and close-up look at the odd beauty of some of the strangest of these creatures largely hidden from our view. Weird Frogs features: Beautiful photographs that show the frogs up close - really close; Informative captions that provide fascinating details about the lives of these endangered and fascinating creatures. Available in hardback and paperback, the book will appeal to middle school students exploring topic ideas, younger students interested in wildlife and advanced readers who enjoy picture books.
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The Classifying Animals series welcomes readers to the world of classification, in which about 2 million different organisms have been identified and sorted into groups. This appealing and attractive book looks at the class of reptiles, and the orders, families and species within it. Find out about the characteristics that distinguish the reptiles in different groups and compare the differences in their life cycles. Discover the various ways in which reptiles have adapted to life in different climates and habitats on land and in water.
This fascinating series takes a very simple look at animal classifications, with each book focusing on a different group of animal. This book is about reptiles: what they do, how they behave, and how these characteristics are different from other groups of animals. Beautifully illustrated with colourful photographs, the book shows many examples of different types of reptiles in their natural environment.
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An original new science series which explores the key characteristics that divide the main animal and plant groups, and looks at how these characteristics have evolved over time. The information is supported by examples that highlight the quirky and amazing qualities of the natural world, as well as revealing the dazzling variety within each group. Why do Reptile Have Scales? looks at the features that make reptiles so unique. It describes how reptiles have evolved over time, and highlights how they adapt to survive in many different kinds of environment. Reptile anatomy, movement and self-defence all also feature.
A unique view of some of the world's most curious living creatures, their intriguing characteristics, and unusual behavior with DK Eyewitness Reptiles. Learn how crocodiles look after their young, how lizards store fat in their tails, and how chameleons swivel their eyes. Find out how snakes are charmed, how geckos walk upside down, why crocodiles swallow stones, and how a snake is milked of venom. With stunning close-up photographs of snakes, crocodiles, lizards, and turtles, Eyewitness Reptiles offers a unique eyewitness view of these amazing creatures. See how an anole lizard frightens its enemies by displaying its bright red beard and watch a boa constrictor swallowing its prey whole. Includes a fact-filled wall chart perfect for bedrooms or classrooms.
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This easy-to-use identification guide to the 129 species of mammal most commonly seen in Southeast Asia (covering Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from some of the region's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat, as well as interesting snippets of information about the mammals. The user-friendly introduction covers details on habitats, advice on mammal watching, notes on taxonomy and information on threats to the wildllife. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the mammals of Southeast Asia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status.
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This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 species of frog most commonly seen in Australia is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from Australia's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers the geography and climate of Australia, types of habitat, and details of orders and families. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the frogs of Australia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and its global IUCN status as at 2015.
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Lizards stimulate the human imagination, despite generally being small, soundless and hidden from sight in burrows, treetops or crevices. They can blend into a vast range of environments, from rocky coasts to deserts and rainforests. Their fluid motion can make us think of water, while their curvilinear forms suggest vegetation. Their stillness appears deathlike, while their sudden arousal is like resurrection. Lizards are at once overhyped and underappreciated. Our storybooks are full of lizards, but we usually call them something else - dragons, serpents or monsters. Our tales vastly increase their size, bestow wings upon them, make them exhale flame and endow them with magical powers. This illuminating book demonstrates how the story of lizards is interwoven with the history of the human imagination. Boria Sax describes the diversity of lizards and traces their representation in many cultures, including those of pre-conquest Australia, the Quiche Maya, Mughal India, China, Central Africa, Europe and America. Filled with beguiling images, Lizard is essential reading for natural history enthusiasts, students of animal studies and the many thousands of people who keep lizards as pets.
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This exciting and comprehensive guide captures the enthralling world of reptiles and insects from all over the globe. From poisonous snakes and fearsome alligators to delicate butterflies and industrious honey bees, you'll discover amazing facts about all sizes and species of reptiles, bugs and minibeasts. Did you know, for example, that the komodo dragon is the only species of lizard that is believed to include humans in its diet? Close-up photography takes a detailed look at the secrets of reptiles and insects, from different types of scales, heat detectors and fearsome teeth to all-seeing compound eyes, super-sensitive antennae and powerful stings.
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In the best tradition of natural history writing and art, The Snake and the Salamander explores the diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the northeastern quadrant of the United States. Covering 13 states that run from Maine to Virginia, author Alvin R. Breisch and artist Matt Patterson showcase the lives of 83 species of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and salamanders. These intriguing animals are organized by habitat and type, from forest to grassland to bogs to big waters, and revealed through a combination of Breisch's engaging prose and Patterson's original color illustrations. Breisch's guided tour combines historical notes and conservation issues with lessons on genetics, evolution, habitats, life histories, and more. Discover how careful attention to frog calls coupled with DNA analysis led to the discovery of a new species of frog in New York City, why evolutionary adaptations made the Eastern Ratsnake a superb climber, and the surprising fact that Spiny Softshell turtles actually sprint on land to retreat from predators. Breisch also tells the odd tale of the Green Frog and the Smooth Greensnake, two "green species" that do not actually have any green pigment in their skin. Every species has a story to tell-one that will keep the reader wanting to learn more.The breadth of herpetofauna in the area will surprise many readers: more than 8% of the world's salamanders and 11% of all turtle species live in the region. Beyond numbers, however, lie aesthetics. The surprising colors and fascinating lifestyles of the reptile and amphibian species in this book will mesmerize readers young and old.
In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects that were devastating sugar-cane harvests. Prior to that, the Cane Toad had been introduced in other parts of the world, but in Australia it adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain. Cane Toad Wars chronicles the research of intrepid scientist Rick Shine and his work to document the toad's ecological impact in Australia and to buffer that impact. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author's research reveals a more complex and nuanced story. A firsthand account of an intriguing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice.
This is a fully up-to-date and comprehensive photographic field guide to the snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Lavishly illustrated with 387 color photographs, it includes coverage of all 122 snake species found in these regions. The guide's detailed introduction discusses snake anatomy, biology, habitats and taxonomy. It also explores the health of snakes in captivity and conservation measures, and provides a succinct explanation of the chemical composition, physical effects and cultural uses of snake venom. Species accounts are arranged taxonomically and provide identification features, a description of the species' habitat and behavior and information about whether a snake is venomous. Abundant distribution maps describe each species' geographic variation and usual habitats. Clear photos aid identification and are supplemented with illustrations highlighting key anatomical features. A table of all species, country by country, is included at the back of the book. The first dedicated field guide on snakes to appear in many years, Snakes of Europe, North Africaand the Middle East will be indispensable for anyone interested in learning more about these unique reptiles. Highlights all 122 snake species found in the region Features 387 excellent photos supplemented with diagrams Reflects most recent classification and scientific research Provides each species' identification details, habitat, behavior and much more Includes distribution maps for all species
125 million years ago on the floodplains of North America, a burrowing lizard started down the long evolutionary path of shedding its limbs. The 60-plus species of snakes found in Sean P. Graham's American Snakes have this ancestral journey to thank for their ubiquity, diversity, and beauty. Although many people fear them, snakes are as much a part of America's rich natural heritage as redwoods, bald eagles, and grizzly bears. Found from the vast Okefenokee Swamp to high alpine meadows, from hardwood canopies to the burning bottom of the Grand Canyon, these ultimate vertebrates are ecologically pivotal predators and quintessential survivors.In this revelatory and engaging meditation on American snakes, Graham, a respected herpetologist and gifted writer, * explains the everyday lives of American snakes, from their daily routines and seasonal cycles to their love lives, hunting tactics, and defensive repertoires* debunks harmful myths about snakes and explores their relationship with humans* highlights the contribution of snakes to the American wilderness* tells tales of "snake people"-important snake biologists with inspiring careersNeither a typical field guide nor an exhaustive reference, American Snakes is instead a fascinating study of the suborder Serpentes. Brimming with intriguing and unusual stories-of hognose snakes that roll over and play dead, blindsnakes with tiny vestigial lungs, rainbow-hued dipsadines, and wave-surfing sea-snakes-the text is interspersed with scores of gorgeous full-color images of snakes, from the scary to the sublime. This proud celebration of a diverse American wildlife group will make every reader, no matter how skeptical, into a genuine snake lover.
Naturalists, herpetologists, and ecologists alike agree that tracking herpetofauna is a challenging undertaking. Scientists are concerned about the decline of once-familiar species, but evidence has often been too anecdotal to support firm conclusions. To better understand the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Maryland and forecast species' futures in a time of accelerated environmental threats, conducting a comprehensive statewide survey updating 1970s-era distribution maps seemed ideal. However, this endeavor was of an impossibly ambitious scope for scientists alone to tackle. Enter the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project, comprising nearly a thousand dedicated citizen scientists who discovered and recorded the locations of herpetofauna throughout every corner of Maryland. In The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas, Heather R. Cunningham and Nathan H. Nazdrowicz present the findings of this massive undertaking. This definitive guide combines nearly 160 comprehensive new herpetological maps with historical distribution maps and in-depth species accounts. Color photos illustrate the natural history of the 89 species of frogs, salamanders, turtles, snakes, and lizards that call the state home. Essays discuss historical studies, the effects of Maryland's current climate, geology, and habitat diversity-and the myriad conservation issues these animals face. This richly detailed book represents a triumph of citizen science and the culmination of an intensive research partnership. It will appeal to both amateurs and professionals interested in herpetology, natural history, or ecology, as well as those with a special interest in Maryland's biodiversity.